Back at the Hacks/Hackers Media Party in Buenos Aires, I announced the creation of Code Sprints—funding opportunities to build open-sourced tools for journalism. We used Code Sprints to fund a collaboration between WNYC in New York and KPCC in Southern California to build a parser for…
Source/Open News is getting *really* interesting.
The Journalism Program is offering UMass Amherst’s first Massive Open Online Class (MOOC) this summer, a free online course called Building a Basic Website. You’ll learn design principles, HTML5, CSS, how to incorporate jQuery plugins into your website and more. Visit the MOOC homepage for more information and to reserve your spot. The Illustration above is by Kim Rosen.
Good Idea Jeans: The New York Times has started a Tumblr of haikus from sentences culled from articles, then given line breaks.
A haiku from the article: A Modest Proposal for More Back-Stabbing in Preschool
Congratulations to Journalism’s own B.J. Roche, who was just awarded the SBS Outstanding Teacher Award!
Yay for BJ Roche, who the last time I saw her was doing entrepreneurial competitions with her students. Cool!
Chicago Transit Authority president Forrest Claypool had some biting words for the Chicago Sun-Times — on its own pages.
On Thursday, the CTA chief penned a letter to the editor, chastising the newspaper’s article on CTA crime that ran on Tuesday.
Read this, it’s amazing.
A collection of online data journalism resources compiled by the Tow Center.
My sense is that most journalists who’ve worked with a spreadsheet — knowingly, or unconsciously — kind of “get” the concepts… However, where the conceptual meets the practical, there can be some bumpy landings.
Phillip Smith, a digital publishing consultant, provides great tips for journalists working with spreadsheets and databases to improve the way they handle data in How Journalists Can Think Like Programmers | PBS.
Colleague Derek Willis writes up how the mobile edition of the US federal government’s annual publication of appointments helped him create a streamlined public JSON dataset, “mak[ing] a profound difference to [a specific Times] article, providing a more complete picture and dramatically reducing research time”.
Javaun talks about developing the Codecademy API tutorial for the NPR API. Nifty!
I love Alberto’s book “The Functional Art,” and his talk on infographics and dataviz really blew my mind.
How does a data journalist think? (exactly as described)
WorldBank Data Tumblr is a trove of great data visualizations of … World Bank data.
WBEZ’s director of digital project management, Matthew Green and WBEZ’s web editor, Tim Akimoff, chat with EveryBlock co-founder and Smart Chicago Collaborative executive director Dan X. O’Neil about data journalism on “The Morning Shift” with Tony Sarabia.
Here’s me, Jeremy Gilbert, Cindy Royal, and Mike Foley speaking at The Hippodrome in Gainesville, FL, during the very excellent Journalism Interactive gathering. The topic? How to create journalists who code.
A Mathmatician Reads the Newspaper
This is a wonderful book. So glad to see it back in print. A wonderful introduction to math concepts and why they matter in journalism. But not a math textbook!